The great composers of the 20th century North America

 

Bartók or Cage? Copland or Kreisler? It is difficult for inquiring minds to tackle such abundant fields as classical music and opera, covering 10 centuries of history: there are thousands of composers. Making a selection of musicians, such as a “top 10” for example, is a difficult and subjective exercise. A musical selection is often the expression of personal preferences or artistic opinions, very interesting but also very different according to critics or musicologists, or simply influenced by the context: will an English composer not be instinctively privileged by an English critic?

For example: in France, Charles Gounod, a 19th century French composer, is more easily mentioned than the Norwegian Edvard Grieg, who is more recognized in the world.

Timeline of classical music composers, between 1890 and 2000+ (modern & contemporary era) in North America

Whoever wants to discover classical music or opera does not always have an experienced music lover, an expert or an educator at his or her side to support and guide him or her in these fields. So : Bartók (Hungarian composer and pianist) or Cage (American avant-garde composer) ? Kálmán (Hungarian-born composer of operettas) or Horner (film composer and conductor) ? However, the knowledge available about musicians is enormous. It was processed to select the 10, 25, 50... most popular composers around the world, for those living or having lived en North America, between 1890 and 2000+ (modern & contemporary era). And this objectively, and for the first time (soClassiQ exclusivity).

Composers rendered as a timeline to bring a little perspective:

ComposersConductorsLyrical singersPerformers WorldwideEuropeNorth AmericaSouth AmericaAsiaOceaniaAfrica 2020

This timeline is interactive to navigate through the ages , or eras : medieval music, renaissance, baroque music (Bach...), classical period (Mozart...), romantic music (Beethoven...), XXth (Stravinsky), or across continents (with ).

Top 10 classical musiccomposers in North America for the years 1890-2000+

Who are these greatest composers, the most famous over the 1890-2000+ era in North America? The works of these musician have shaped the history of classical music and lyric art. There are those you probably know, or at least by name and the others.

Here are these 10 classical music composers, renowned artists from around the world:


Curious to know their most emblematic works? Just a click away to discover them.

The selections of musicians (classical music composers) proposed by soClassiQ are based exclusively on algorithms. The same applies to their works, the performers, the lyrical singers, les orchestras, the conductors and the venues : opera houses, concert halls or festivals.

What about the others? 25, 50 or more?

Summarizing to 10 musician names such a wide and diverse field may seem extreme or too simplistic for those who know classical music and lyrical art well, for those who can easily name 50 or more classical music composers. Gershwin, Shore, Schoenberg, Weill, Adorno, Stravinsky, Rózsa...

At this time, soClassiQ has listed more than 18000 composers. So here is a selection of some composers for the modern & contemporary era, in North America, widely recognized around the world:

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Milton <strong>Babbitt</strong> Milton BabbittThe great composers of the 20th century
1916-2011 (20th century)
Composer

Angelo <strong>Badalamenti</strong> Angelo BadalamentiThe great composers of the 20th century
age 83 (20th century)
Composer

Samuel <strong>Barber</strong> Samuel BarberThe great composers of the 20th century
1910-1981 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

John <strong>Barry</strong> John BarryThe great composers of the 20th century
1933-2011 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Béla <strong>Bartók</strong> Béla BartókThe great composers of the 20th century
1881-1945 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Amy <strong>Beach</strong> Amy BeachThe great composers of the 20th century
1867-1944 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Joshua <strong>Bell</strong> Joshua BellThe great composers of the 20th century
age 52 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Robert Russell BennettThe great composers of the 20th century
1894-1981 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Cathy BerberianThe great composers of the 20th century
1925-1983 (20th century)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Elmer <strong>Bernstein</strong> Elmer BernsteinThe great composers of the 20th century
1922-2004 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Leonard <strong>Bernstein</strong> Leonard BernsteinThe great composers of the 20th century
1918-1990 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Ernest <strong>Bloch</strong> Ernest BlochThe great composers of the 20th century
1880-1959 (20th century)
Composer

Jerry BockThe great composers of the 20th century
1928-2010 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

William <strong>Bolcom</strong> William BolcomThe great composers of the 20th century
age 82 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Victor <strong>Borge</strong> Victor BorgeThe great composers of the 20th century
1909-2000 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Paul <strong>Bowles</strong> Paul BowlesThe great composers of the 20th century
1910-1999 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Glenn <strong>Branca</strong> Glenn BrancaThe great composers of the 20th century
1948-2018 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Bruce BroughtonThe great composers of the 20th century
age 75 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Leo <strong>Brouwer</strong> Leo BrouwerThe great composers of the 20th century
1939-2003 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Adolf <strong>Busch</strong> Adolf BuschThe great composers of the 20th century
1891-1952 (20th century)
Performer & Composer


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Juventino Rosas <strong>Cadenas</strong> Juventino Rosas CadenasThe great composers of the 20th century
1868-1894 (Romantic)
Conductor & Composer

John <strong>Cage</strong> John CageThe great composers of the 20th century
1912-1992 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Hoagy <strong>Carmichael</strong> Hoagy CarmichaelThe great composers of the 20th century
1899-1981 (20th century)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

John Alden <strong>Carpenter</strong> John Alden CarpenterThe great composers of the 20th century
1876-1951 (20th century)
Composer

Elliott <strong>Carter</strong> Elliott CarterThe great composers of the 20th century
1908-2012 (20th century)
Composer

Mario <strong>Castelnuovo-Tedesco</strong> Mario Castelnuovo-TedescoThe great composers of the 20th century
1895-1968 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

George Whitefield <strong>Chadwick</strong> George Whitefield ChadwickThe great composers of the 20th century
1854-1931 (Romantic)
Composer

Carlos <strong>Chávez</strong> Carlos ChávezThe great composers of the 20th century
1899-1978 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Gloria CoatesThe great composers of the 20th century
age 81 (20th century)
Composer

Salvador ContrerasThe great composers of the 20th century
1910-1982 (20th century)
Composer

Aaron <strong>Copland</strong> Aaron CoplandThe great composers of the 20th century
1900-1990 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Carmine CoppolaThe great composers of the 20th century
1910-1991 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

John CoriglianoThe great composers of the 20th century
age 82 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Henry <strong>Cowell</strong> Henry CowellThe great composers of the 20th century
1897-1965 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

George <strong>Crumb</strong> George CrumbThe great composers of the 20th century
age 90 (20th century)
Performer & Composer


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Lalo <strong>Schifrin</strong> Lalo SchifrinThe great composers of the 20th century
age 87 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Thomas SchippersThe great composers of the 20th century
1930-1977 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Arnold <strong>Schoenberg</strong> Arnold SchoenbergThe great composers of the 20th century
1874-1951 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Gunther <strong>Schuller</strong> Gunther SchullerThe great composers of the 20th century
1925-2015 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

William SchumanThe great composers of the 20th century
1910-1992 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Ruth Crawford <strong>Seeger</strong> Ruth Crawford SeegerThe great composers of the 20th century
1901-1953 (20th century)
Composer

Roger SessionsThe great composers of the 20th century
1896-1985 (20th century)
Composer

Anoushka ShankarThe great composers of the 20th century
age 38 (20th century)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Howard <strong>Shore</strong> Howard ShoreThe great composers of the 20th century
age 73 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Alexander <strong>Siloti</strong> Alexander SilotiThe great composers of the 20th century
1863-1945 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Leonard <strong>Slatkin</strong> Leonard SlatkinThe great composers of the 20th century
age 75 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Nicolas SlonimskyThe great composers of the 20th century
1894-1995 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Dang Thai SonThe great composers of the 20th century
age 61 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Stephen <strong>Sondheim</strong> Stephen SondheimThe great composers of the 20th century
age 90 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

John Philip <strong>Sousa</strong> John Philip SousaThe great composers of the 20th century
1854-1932 (Romantic)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Max <strong>Steiner</strong> Max SteinerThe great composers of the 20th century
1888-1971 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Jim SteinmanThe great composers of the 20th century
age 72 (20th century)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Eduard SteuermannThe great composers of the 20th century
1892-1964 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Fritz StiedryThe great composers of the 20th century
1883-1968 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

William Grant <strong>Still</strong> William Grant StillThe great composers of the 20th century
1895-1978 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Igor <strong>Stravinsky</strong> Igor StravinskyThe great composers of the 20th century
1882-1971 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Zoltán SzékelyThe great composers of the 20th century
1903-2001 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

George <strong>Szell</strong> George SzellThe great composers of the 20th century
1897-1970 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Albert SzirmaiThe great composers of the 20th century
1880-1967 (20th century)
Composer


Some composers to be celebrated very soon

Next month, more than 40 important artists and musicians will be honoured. In July 2020 some of them may celebrate a special anniversary. For others, amateurs and enthusiasts will celebrate the bicentenary of their birth or the fiftieth anniversary of their death for example. Among them, some famous composers:

on 6, Władysław Szpilman (1911-2000), 20th anniversary (Death),
on 7, Gustav Mahler (1860-1911), 160th anniversary (Birth),
on 15, Leopold von Auer (1845-1930), 90th anniversary (Death),
on 24, Ernest Bloch (1880-1959), 140th anniversary (Birth),
on 28, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), 270th anniversary (Death),
...

There are others to discover. And it is not too late to focus on the June 2020 celebrations (20+).

Always good opportunities to discover or deepen, (re)listen, explore the vastness and diversity of classical music...

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Last update : 2020-06-02

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